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A Healthy New Year -31 Days of Recipes

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Brown Rice and BEan Soup

After the Holidays all I feel is bloated and ashamed at what I have consumed. I eat too much, sleep too much, idle too much. It’s as if the world stops for those couple of precious weeks that come around once a year, where everyone is home from work and school. It’s a great time of year – spent with family and friends, enjoying simple pleasures. But, I always get carried away in the celebration. So this beginning of the year, I’m going to leave 2012 behind, not dwell on the past or what I ate last week. Instead I’ll just look straight into the future.

This entire month of January 2013 is a time for change. I’ll be diving into a new routine and hope you’ll join me – I could use your help and encouragement. For the next 7 days I’m going to detox and jump start my goals with the Brown Rice Diet. This should force me to really see what it is that I’m eating, and should plunge me back into healthy eating habits. Then I’ll slowly reintroduce dairy, wheat, and lean meats in moderation for the remainder of the month -still keeping brown rice, legumes, and fresh fruits and veggies as the majority of my diet. I’ll be blogging about the next 30 days every step of the way, with recipes and updates on how I’m doing. And I’d love to hear from you! Tell me how you’re doing on your resolutions, and healthy living habits. What recipes do you have to share, or ones have you tried? How is being healthy a motivation for you?

I’m going into this expecting I can take 31 days of my life to do better, to be better. I know I won’t be perfect -this won’t be easy- and I’ll slip up from time to time, but I am determined to just hop right back on. I’ve spent too much of my life being heavy, unhealthy, and just lazy. I’ve finally found my passion for losing this weight. So I can’t, I won’t, give up because it’s easy to. Instead, 2013 is going to be the year I finally get healthy and stay that way. Here’s to the new year and new life!
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The Brown Rice Diet

Google the Brown Rice Diet and you’ll find a few variations. One extreme version would be brown rice (plus seasonings) and a lot of water and fresh juice for 1-2 weeks. Another will allow you fresh fruits and vegetables on top of the rice and juice. For me, I see this as a detox program. This diet lacks certain nutrient rich foods that your body needs, like calcium, iron, and amino acids so it should be subsidized with daily vitamin supplements and should only be adhered to for a short period of time.

The detoxifying effects of this diet come from the large amount of fiber and relatively low calories you consume from eating large portions of brown rice. In 1 Cup of cooked short grain brown rice you can get up to 6 grams of fiber. So if you consume 2 cups of rice, plus 1 cup of legumes, and a number of fresh fruits and vegetables, you could be eating 35+ grams of fiber a day. On average, it is suggested that we get 25 grams of fiber a day, but in reality people rarely consumer half of their needed fiber. So take a look at your daily fiber intake and see if you can’t bump it up a bit!

Brown rice is also very easy to digest. This is the reason behind the brown rice diet, and not the whole wheat diet. Don’t get me wrong, I love whole wheat. But it is a noticeable difference when I’m on this detox, at how easily I can digest what I’m eating, and that’s a big deal for me. Only 2 days in, and I’m already a new person!

My 7 Day Brown Rice Detox

Now for my spin on the Brown Rice Diet. I think acceptable seasonings includes soy sauce, honey, hot sauce, and small amounts of oil (olive, sesame) for cooking. I do think abstaining from animal products and wheat during this 7-10 day detox is a good idea. I think it allows for the full effects of possibly dropping a few pounds, regulating your digestive system, and feeling a whole lot better! But I do make some minor adjustments. Most, will tell you all fresh fruits and veggies are fine to eat, minus bananas, peanuts, and corn. I understand that those few items are higher in sugar and fat, but in moderation, can be perfectly acceptable. A banana before or after a workout is awesome, it keeps your blood sugar up, and provides you with great potassium. Again, a small amount of natural peanut butter provides a boost in protein. And corn is high in sugar, but you’ll find corn in many things, like corn tortillas that can be very useful and help you add some variety to your diet. So all in moderation. I also would not make fish a daily part of your detox, but if you’re going out to eat, or just need some variety a small 4-6oz serving of grilled fish may be acceptable a couple times during this diet (make sure there’s no butter!). And I do try to make sure all of my fruits and veggies are fresh, and the beans are dried -no canned or frozen food.

And finally, I also watch my calories because I’m doing this detox and am still trying to lose weight. But if you’re hungry grab a serving of rice or an apple as a snack. You shouldn’t be starving on this diet. Eat a small snack when you’re hungry, and drink plenty of water and 100% no sugar added, not from concentrate Juice.

So for the next 7 days I’ll be telling you about my adventures during this detox. It’s not easy cooking and baking vegan and gluten free meals all week, but here goes!

Day One: Brown Rice and Bean Soup

Brown Rice and Bean Soup
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My first attempt at a brown rice inspired vegan soup came out light in flavor but super filling. I really couldn’t eat more than a cup. So this this recipe could last you 4-6 meals.
Recipe type: Brown Rice Diet
Serves/Makes: 6

  • ½ Cup dried White Beans (precook as directed on package)
  • ½ Cup dried Red Kidney Beans (precook as directed on package)
  • 1 Box Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Onion, diced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Italian or 21 spice seasoning to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 4 Cups cooked Brown Rice

  1. Cook dried beans as directed. You can probably toss both of them in the same pot to cook.
  2. Add, broth, veggies, beans, bay leaves, to a large pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until veggies are desired tenderness.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Serve ½-1 cup of Brown Rice in bowl and cover with hot soup.


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